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Frisco Kid (1935)

Approved | | Adventure, Romance | 30 November 1935 (USA)
After a roustabout sailer avoids being shanghaied in 1852 San Francisco, his audacity helps him to arise to a position of power in the vice industry of the infamous Barbary Coast.

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Warren Duff (story), Seton I. Miller (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Cagney ... Bat Morgan
Margaret Lindsay ... Jean Barrat
Ricardo Cortez ... Paul Morra
Lili Damita ... Belle
Donald Woods ... Charles Ford
Barton MacLane ... Spider Burke
George E. Stone ... Solly
Joe King ... James Daley (as Joseph King)
Addison Richards ... Coleman
Robert McWade ... Judge Crawford
Joseph Crehan ... McClanahan
Robert Strange ... Graber
Joe Sawyer ... Slugs Crippen (as Joseph Sawyer)
Fred Kohler ... Shanghai Duck
Edward McWade ... Tupper
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Storyline

Bat Morgan is nearly shanghaied on his way to the gold fields of California. Instead he kills Shanghai Duck and becomes a hero in San Francisco's Barbary Coast. He winds up the rich owner of a saloon and gambling hall and is nearly lynched for a murder he didn't commit. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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He's the Two-Fisted Hero of the Square Mile of Hell the Devil Himself disowned!

Genres:

Adventure | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Yiddish

Release Date:

30 November 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La ciudad siniestra See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The playbill for the opera house gives its name as "McGuire's Opera House," unlike its actual historical name, "Maguire's Opera House." The correct name is given in the newspaper story detailing the opening night incident. See more »

Quotes

Bat Morgan: [after listening to Solly recite a Yiddish proverb] Too much for me. What does it mean?
Solly Green: [laughs] I means that he who digs a grave for somebody else usually falls in it himself.
Bat Morgan: Don't you worry about me. Now that I know the rules, I know how to play.
Solly Green: You mean it's a case of of dog eat dog?
Bat Morgan: Yeah.
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A Life on the Ocean Wave
(1838) (uncredited)
Music by Henry Russell
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Cagney and Lindsay again paired
13 January 2019 | by jonerogersSee all my reviews

The classics from the 30's, 40's and 50's are just so good, everyone has a story and they survive without the need for CGI or fast cars. This print is a neat little one with the pairing once again of James Cagney and Margaret Lindsay, a cute couple and they interact well, not as well as Cagney and Joan Blondell but well enough.

In the opening scenes we see Bat Morgan (Cagney) taking a nice break from a ship as a sailor in a bar, the bar is a seedy, dingy, smoggy place and hanging around in there is a group of undesirables who Shanghai unsuspecting men, this is a well known way of gaining ship hands back in that time. A man would be knocked unconscious and placed on a ship and when he awoke was forced to work till the ship docked again. They manage to get Bat Morgan onto a small boat but he awakes and escapes and turns tables on them and sells two of them to a ship.

He gains work in a large bar/casino on the Barbary Coast and sees how its run and decides to raise some revenue and invests with the help of the community into several places and runs them above the law and not in the gutter.

During this time many are jealous and things take a turn for the worse, many in the posh side away from the Barbary coast are dead set against them all as they are the 'lower class' in their eyes. and so trouble comes and when a judge is shot dead the town rises in a vigilante group and are out to catch those responsible and punish them....how will it all end?

of course Cagney nets the Gal, The lovely Margaret Lindsey and although she plays a smaller part she is there through the film.

its a great film and entertaining enough for me. learning about the Shanghai business for me, when i watch a film i research what i see and its usually informative of the times.


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